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12/22/2009

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Mudvayne Video Banned For Explicit Imagery
February 26, 2010
Mudvayne continues to push the envelope with the video for their second single "Beautiful and Strange" off their self-titled album 'Mudvayne'. "Beautiful and Strange" is directed by Frankie Nasso (All That Remains, Hatebreed, Emmure, Brian "Head" Welch) and is the latest installment of three conceptually linked videos that were filmed to promote the band's self-titled album. "Scream With Me", the first single off the album saw great success becoming #2 on the Hot Mainstream Rock Chart.

With the release of the video for "Beautiful and Strange" came the unwillingness of networks, and media sources to play the video due to its disturbing and thought provoking imagery that is meant for mature audiences. The video contains sexually explicit acts that take place in a graveyard and some scenes that involve acts of sadism that is part of a storyline that is linked to the other two videos. The exact definition of the video is left to interpretation and flows beautifully with the other two videos that complete the concept. It has been banned from every outlet except for one; the only place where this video can be seen is on the social networking site vampirefreaks.com. (*You can watch it below as well* - Ed.)

Mudvayne has been praised for changing the landscape of metal music through their songwriting and now they continue to broaden that landscape with their provocative new video for "Beautiful and Strange". The song is extremely dynamic and is an example of the bands technical abilities as musicians. The release of the third and final video "Heard It All Before" is set to premiere next month.

Formed in 1996, the Illinois-based band has been a staple in the music industry and the metal world for close to 15 years. With their willingness to constantly push the envelope, and with their ability to change other people's perspectives on what metal should be, Mudvayne continues to amaze everyone in the world of music.
 
 
 
 
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Mudvayne Take Over Active Rock Radio With "Scream With Me"
November 19, 2009
In the weeks leading up to the release of their self-titled album due out December 22nd, Mudvayne continue their media onslaught by taking over active rock radio. As of today, 70 stations have added the new Mudvayne single "Scream With Me" into rotation, making the song the most added track at both Active Rock and Alternative this week. "Scream With Me" follows the success of the first single from their last album, "Do What You Do", which was the most played Active Rock song of the past year.

Mudvayne has out done themselves once again with the mind-blowing packaging for the new album. The new album is revolutionizing album artwork design, as this is the first album to ever use black light reactive ink. Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen with a black light.
The album will be available in the following formats:

***1. Super Deluxe - "Limited Edition" run of only 1,000 copies which will be sold direct to the consumer from the band's site. Pre-Order it at www.mudvayne.com now and receive the digital album 2 weeks before release!

It contains:
a. The deluxe version of the album
b. The album on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)
c. A 24 inch blacklight
d. A 24x24 poster designed by Paul Booth in blacklight reactive ink
e. An 8x8 blacklight reactive decal designed by Paul Booth

***2. Deluxe - "Limited Edition" first run of 100,000 copies. Pre-Order it at www.Mudvayne.com starting Tuesday 11/24/09 and receive the digital album 2 weeks before release!

It contains:
a. The album in jewel case
b. A LED, keychain-sized blacklight
c. Special blacklight reactive packaging designed by Paul Booth

***3. Vinyl
a. Glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)
b. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

***4. Jewel Case
a. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

You can place your pre-order now by visiting: http://mudvayne.com

For more information be sure to visit: http://www.mudvayne.com, http://www.myspace.com/mudvayne.
 
 
 
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Mudvayne Unveils Blacklight Album Art By Paul Booth
November 9, 2009
Mudvayne have outdone themselves once again with the mind-blowing packaging for the new album. The new album is revolutionizing album artwork design, as this is the first album to ever use black light reactive ink. Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen with a black light.

The image seen below is cover of Mudvayne's self-titled album due out on December 22, 2009 when seen under a black light. The artwork was created exclusively by the “King of Rock Tattoos” Paul Booth. The world renowned tattoo artist had the following to say about the concept and artwork:

“This project has been absolutely killer to work on! The whole black light concept was totally experimental and quite the challenge, so of course, as an artist, I was drawn to it like a moth to a bugzapper. I am happy to see bands focusing more energy on their album art… something I thought the internet had killed. Hailz to Mudvayne and everyone at the label for going the extra mile!”

The guys from Mudvayne are just as excited about the artwork and packaging:
The album will be available in the following formats:

***1. Super Deluxe - "Limited Edition" run of only 1,000 copies which will be sold direct to the consumer from the band's site
. Pre-Order it at www.mudvayne.com starting next Tuesday 12.10.09 and receive the digital album 2 weeks before release.

It contains:
a. The deluxe version of the album
b. The album on glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)
c. A 24 inch blacklight
d. A 24x24 poster designed by Paul Booth in blacklight reactive ink
e. An 8x8 blacklight reactive decal designed by Paul Booth

***2. Deluxe – "Limited Edition" first run of 100,000 copies
.
Pre-Order it at www.Mudvayne.com starting Tuesday 11.24.09 and receive the digital album 2 weeks before release.

It contains:
a. The album in jewel case
b. A LED, keychain-sized blacklight
c. Special blacklight reactive packaging designed by Paul Booth

***3. Vinyl
a. Glow-in-the-dark vinyl (also blacklight-reactive)
b. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

***4. Jewel Case
a. Blacklight-reactive art designed by Paul Booth

Now that you have seen what the album artwork looks like, Mudvayne wants to give the fans a chance to hear another track off of the forthcoming album. Mudvayne has teamed up with Noisecreep.com to debut the track “Scream With Me”. Head over to http://www.noisecreep.com starting Tuesday morning to listen to an exclusive stream of the song.

For more information be sure to visit: http://www.mudvayne.com, and
http://www.myspace.com/mudvayne .
 
 
 
 
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Mudvayne Reveal Album Details, Stream New Song Online
October 12, 2009
Nu Metal turned hard rockers, Mudvayne, are back with a self-titled release that will hit stores on December 22, 2009. Mudvayne's last record, 'The New Game', produced two hit singles, the #1 ‘Do What You Do’ and ‘Scarlet Letters’ are continuing to receive massive radio airplay and video rotation on MTV2 and Fuse. One could say that this new album is the hardest, but yet most melodic record, Mudvayne has ever created.

Alongside the blistering new tunes, Mudvayne have outdone themselves once again with the mind-blowing packaging for the new album. The new album is revolutionizing album artwork design, as this is the first album to ever use black light reactive ink. Every bit of art and text in the packaging of the record will be printed on ink that can only be seen with a black light. Fans receiving this record as a gift during the holiday season, could truly have a “White Christmas” courtesy of Mudvayne.

Matt McDonough
, Mudvayne's drummer had the following to say about the new album: “I feel that this album is the best that the band has recorded since our second album, The End of All Things to Come.”

The album will be available in three formats. Those include, the standard jewel case edition, a deluxe edition that comes with a black light, and the super deluxe edition that includes a larger black light, a special edition black light reactive poster, and more.

Check out the brand new Mudvayne song “Beautiful and Strange” at www.mudvayne.com and www.myspace.com/mudvayne for a taste of what is to come on December 22nd.

For more information be sure to visit http://www.mudvanye.com, and
http://www.myspace.com/mudvayne.
 
 
 
 
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Static-X Add Additional Headline Dates
July 22, 2009
Static-X announces additional headlining tour dates along with the Pedal To The Metal tour coming your way this summer 2009.

The Pedal To The Metal Tour 2009 will kick off July 24 in Portland, ME, and conclude September 9, in Oklahoma City, OK (see complete itinerary below). Pre-sale tickets are available to all of the bands’ fan club members beginning Wednesday, June 10, at 12pm local time at www.pedaltothemetaltour.com, general public went on sale Friday, June 12, at 10am local time.

Static-X front-man Wayne Static says of the tour: “I’m very picky about who we tour with. I think Static-X slaughter most bands live, and I pride myself in our show – I refuse to open for a band that I don’t think is worthy, so that says a lot about Mudvayne, Zakk Wylde, and this entire package.”

Pedal To The Metal Tour Dates:
7/24 - Portland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center
7/25 - Lowell, MA - Tsongas Arena
7/27 - New York, NY - Irving Plaza*
7/28 - Reading, PA - Sovereign Center
7/29 - Youngstown, OH - Covelli Center
7/31 - Big Flats, NY - Tag’s Summer Stage
8/01 - Altamont, NY - Altamount Fairgrounds
8/03 - Dayton, OH - Mc Guffy’s House of Rock*
8/04 - Ft. Wayne , IN - War Memorial Coliseum
8/05 - Battle Creek, MI - Kellogg Arena
8/06 - Flint, MI - Machine Shop*
8/07 - Moline, IL - iWireless Coliseum
8/08 - Rockford, IL - Metro Center
8/09 - Madison, WI - Willow Island
8/11 - Topeka, KS - Landon Arena
8/12 - Mankato,MN - Alltel Center
8/13 - Sioux Falls, SD - Ramkota Exhibit Hall*
8/14 - Council Bluffs, IA - West Fair Amphitheater
8/15 - Little Rock, AR - Stone Hill Ranch
8/16 - Wichita, KS - KS Coliseum Lot
8/18 - Boise, ID - Napa Idaho Amphitheatre
8/19 - Missoula, MT - Ryan Creek Meadows
8/21 - Spokane, WA - Spokane Arena
8/22 - Auburn, WA - White River Amphitheater
8/23 - Hillsboro, OR - Washington County Fairgrounds
8/25 - Eugene, OR - Cubhert Amphitheatre
8/26 - Reno, NV - Events Center
8/28 - San Jose, CA - San Jose Civic Center
8/29 - Bakersfield, CA - Rabobank Arena
8/31 - Anaheim, CA - HOB*
9/01 - San Diego, CA - Sports Arena
9/02 - Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre
9/04 - Corpus Christi, TX - Concrete Street Amphitheater
9/05 - San Antonio, TX - Sunken Gardens
9/06 - Lubbock, TX - Lonestar Amphitheatre
9/08 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theater
9/09 - Oklahoma City, Ok - Zoo Amphitheatre
9/10 - Memphis, TN - Minglewood Hall
9/11 - Louisville, KY - Coyotes
9/12 - Toledo, OH - Headliners*
9/14 - Columbia, MO - Blue Note*
9/15 - Kansas City, MO - The Beaumont
9/16 - Colorado Springs, CO - The Black Sheep
9/17 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater*
9/18 - Farmington, NM - Gators*
9/19 - Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theater*

* = Static-X Headline Shows
 
 
 
 
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Biography
YEAR FORMED: 1996
HOME TOWN: Peoria, IL
MEMBERS:
Chad Gray - Vocals
Greg Tribbett - Guitar
Ryan Martinie - Bass
Matthew McDonough - Drums

Mudvayne frontman Chad Gray doesn’t have time for the delicacies of political correctness. “You look at what’s going on in the world today, and sometimes the only explanation that makes any sense at all is to just point your finger at people being fucking crazy!” 

But make no mistake, when you point one finger at someone else, you’re pointing three at yourself, and Gray isn’t about to deny the manic zeitgeist that overwhelmed his lyrical process throughout The New Game [Epic Records], the band’s first studio album in three years and fourth full-length studio album overall. Featuring the lethal first single “Do What You Do,” the album is an electrical storm of musical fury, a lesson in controlled chaos that tempers hard rock, heavy metal, prog rock and sadistic splatters of pop into an onslaught of metallic highs and emotional lows, rushing surges and pronounced blows. The album ups the ante for Mudvayne, one of the most creative and distinctive bands in the aggressive music world with sales exceeding 5 million units worldwide.

“It’s been said that music should charm and flatter the ear,” explains bassist Ryan Martinie. “We want to do that very thing, to grasp you and spin you into oblivion with a contrast of movement and momentum. There has to be something effectual there. We want to keep people interested and engaged through every individual song--to let you off the hook is good, but only if you’re still swimming around and want to bite back down on that hook. Every song has its own personality, its own force, its own being. It’s a living entity unto itself that lives in the larger microcosm that is Mudvayne. It is its own presence.”

That presence permeates The New Game. The band produced the album with Dave Fortman (Evanescence, Slipknot), capturing the wily charisma and hyper-kinetic energy of a band who survived their seven-year itch by embedding their claws into the heart of their music. And it shows. “In some ways, this is the most accessible record we’ve ever done… And I mean that in a positive way,” offers drummer Matt McDonough. “We’ve done it by honing our arrangement skills and making our music quickly accessible. I don’t want to say we’re less esoteric, but on The New Game we’ve stripped away a lot of the extraneous stuff. Instead of making people try to figure out what we’re doing, we’re explaining it better with our music. By focusing and streamlining our sound, we’ve found the quickest way to explain what we’re trying to achieve as artists.”

As musicians, McDonough, Martinie and guitarist Greg Tribbett haven’t shifted their songwriting focus from what they’ve always tried to achieve. In the words of the bassist, “it’s an honest representation of who we are as people. We love getting high on music, whether it be crazy blast beats, European black metal, dance music, electronic music, or stuff we grew up with, like Van Halen, Rush, Iron Maiden and Metallica. The things that we like to hear are the things that come out when we write together, and when you put them together, it’s Mudvayne.”

At the lyrical helm of Mudvayne is Gray. While he echoes his band’s sentiments in regards to their songwriting process, his personal inspirations cast a darker light on The New Game. “There is an overall vibe of chaotic helplessness, loss and fear, and that’s not something that I’ve experienced in putting a record together before. It’s always been more esoteric and universal. I felt like there was a more human feel to Lost And Found, but this album is more about the inner workings of people. The album has a lot of anger and frustration, and there’s a sense of wanting to kill, but it’s through the eyes of different crazy characters.”

Gray elaborates: “’Dull Boy’ is the crazy guy just losing mind, like Jack Nicholson in ‘The Shining,’ ‘A New Game’ is just twisted, then you’ve got the political songs from the perspective of a world leader, then the political songs from the perspective of being in the service. It’s killing at different levels,” Gray explains. “Just because you’re not pulling the trigger doesn’t mean you’re not killing people. I started to analyze all the different levels of consciousness and what made people feel and act that way. The album is like a psychological profile of a lot of different characters.” 

Work on The New Game began in Chicago in August 2006, then ended in a remote corner of Idaho not far from the Canadian border seven months later.  It was there that Gray became a little too close for comfort with his inspiration for “Dull Boy.” “In Idaho, Greg and I stayed in a modular house about a mile back from the main house, where Ryan and Matt stayed. I didn’t leave that place for two or three weeks, except to go to the gas station to get beer or whatever, and one day it just hit me--six feet of fucking snow on the ground, barren nothingness as far as you can see, and I just lost my shit, just sat there on the couch and started saying, ‘all work and no play makes me a dull boy…’ I don’t remember consciously thinking about it, I just remember saying it, sitting in front of the sliding door, a wall of snow in front of me, and lyrics going through my head.”

While the rest of Mudvayne didn’t necessarily share in Gray’s emotional catharsis, they know where he’s coming from. Sort of. “Unlike any other band I know, Mudvayne is singular in the sense that we’ve written and recorded every record in a completely different place in the country,” recalls McDonough. “We wrote L.D. 50 in Peoria [IL] and recorded it in Vancouver; we wrote End Of All Things To Come in Minneapolis and recorded it in Southern Minnesota; we wrote Lost And Found outside Santa Cruz [CA] then recorded it outside San Francisco; we wrote in Chicago and Idaho for this album and recorded in New Orleans; and we just did our new album [more on that in a bit] in El Paso and Phoenix.

“That said, every place we record in absolutely affects the creative process and us as people. We’re in a new environment and there are all kinds of things to experience. That’s part of what makes Mudvayne, though. Being in this band is a lot about not having expectations and dealing with change, and a lot about adapting and learning how to work with the forces that are coming at you.”
 
Although recording for The New Game began in 2006, fans may wonder why it’s being released more than a year-and-a-half later.  After completing The New Game, the band--on a creative roll--went back into the studio to record another Mudvayne album, due for release in 2009.

“Someone may ask where Mudvayne went, well, we went into the Mudvayne woodshed and wrote two records!” says Martinie. “It’s been different, but it’s been great, it’s being able to have our cake, and eat it, too. We got to have something that we love, that is a part of us, and we’re able to connect with it at a personal level before we go out and give it to everyone else after we’ve had our chance to live with it. It gives the whole album more of a cliffhanger feel for us, sitting on the edge of our chairs for a year-and-a-half going, ‘This is our record, we love it, but what’s everyone else going to think of it?’ The New Game was our baby, it still is, and we’re proud to put it out and let everyone else enjoy it for a while.”

So while one baby grows, Mudvayne have another baby in the oven… How’s that for fucking crazy?

—by Paul Gargano
  
 
THE BACK STORY
 
Grammy-nominated MUDVAYNE has sold nearly 5 million units worldwide with 5 Gold RIAA certifications as well as gold and platinum DVDs. Notably, every MUDVAYNE studio album has received RIAA gold certification.

MUDVAYNE have performed over 500 live concerts, and have played for over 1 million fans on every continent outside of the US.  Expect Mudvayne to be on the road beginning October 2008 and well into 2009.

MUDVAYNE boast one of the most devoted followings in all of rock. Their previous release--November 2007’s By The People, For The People—was a compilation of rare and live tracks and featured 2 unreleased studio tracks (“Dull Boy” and a cover of the Police’s “King of Pain”) marking the first time in the history of recorded music that a band has allowed fans to choose the cover art and track listing of an album.

The band formed in 1996 in Peoria, Illinois.

The band first rose to fame in 2000 with their first single “Dig” from their debut, L.D. 50. That album has gone onto sell over 1 million copies worldwide. The lead single from L.D. 50, " HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dig_(Mudvayne_song)" Dig", won the  HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV_Video_Music_Award_-_MTV2_Award" MTV2 Award at the  HYPERLINK "http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV_Video_Music_Awards" MTV Video Music Awards in 2001. This was also the first time the award was ever presented. The band also released a video single for “Dig” which has received gold certification and for a time, was the best-selling DVD single in history.

MUDVAYNE released their second full-length studio album, The End of All Things To Come. The first single “Not Falling” stayed on the Active Rock charts for 36 weeks, peaking at #6, and was featured on the soundtrack for the film Ghost Ship. The End of All Things To Come has sold over 1,000,000 copies worldwide.

MUDVAYNE’s third studio album Lost And Found, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 with sales of over 151,000 copies in its first week, and generated the hit single, “Happy?” which skyrocketed to the #1 spot on radio and remained there for an incredible 10 weeks. MUDVAYNE was nominated for “Best Metal Performance” at the 2005 Grammys, and also played the main stage at Ozzfest 2005 immediately prior to Iron Maiden. Over 50,000 fans were in attendance at both their Download Festival and Rock Am Ring appearances in Europe. MUDVAYNE toured with Korn in 2006 to support Lost And Found.

DISCOGRAPHY (Epic Records)
L.D. 50 (L.P. 2000)
The Beginning Of All Things To End (E.P.)
The End of All Things to Come (2002 L.P.)
Lost and Found (2005, L.P.)
By the People, For the People (2007-Rarities Collection)
The New Game (November 18, 2008)